“HE WAS A GOOD MAN”
It is very important that you read this brief introduction to Lot, because the conclusion is incredible.
Lot and Abraham moved to Canaan and a famine came which forced him back to Bethel. Their flocks multiplied so rapidly that they decided to separate. Lot chose the best of the two options on where to settle. It was a bad choice, and he was taken prisoner but rescued by Abraham.
He married a woman of Sodom, the most wicked city mentioned in Scripture. God rescued him again just before Sodom was burned to the ground. But his wife looked back and died. So, he committed incest with his daughters from whom descended the wicked nations of Ammon and Moab. (Genesis 11:31-14:16; 19:1.)
Now hear II Peter 2:5-10: “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority.”
In spite of his initial resistance and his moral failure, the Scripture describes Lot as a “good man,” a “righteous man.” Lot belonged to the Lord, and God’s grace and mercy continued to be Lot’s experience. Notice that he is described as being “tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard.”
Lot a good man? Don’t ask me to explain it, but let me tell you in no uncertain terms that I am grateful for whatever is in the heart and mind of God to look with favor on me even after I have sinned repeatedly and perhaps even grievously. God knows my spirit, and it certainly seems to be a matter of the heart. He knows my weakness. He knows how to deliver me and rescue me from the evil that surrounds me. He knows how my desire is to please Him.
As perplexing as we might find Lot’s situation, so do we see the grace of God in our lives.
Written By Neil Fichthorn: Rev. Neil Fichthorn is a seasoned conference and camping servant having served at Gull Lake Bible Conference, Sandy Cove Ministries as President, and an interim Executive Director at Pinebrook Bible Conference. He also served in church music for decades as a choir director and arranger. He has been Bill Welte’s mentor and friend for over 45 years.
Think About This: “To live for yourself is to rob yourself of your own humanity. It is only in living for Christ that we actually begin to become what we were meant to be.” ―